Transgender News Items
Transgender Student Suit Goes to Maine High Court
by David Sharp
Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
Lawyers for a transgender girl and an elementary school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls restroom clashed before Maine’s highest court Wednesday over whether her rights were violated, a case that lays bare the difficult decisions facing school administrators.
The family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued, but a judge in the state’s lower Superior Court ruled that the Orono school district acted within its discretion by requiring her to use a staff bathroom after there was a complaint about the student using the girls bathroom.
Boston Police Department Adopt Transgender Inclusive Policy
by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
The Boston Police Department officials have revealed new policies that aim to make transgender criminals suspects feel more inclusive, the Boston Herald reports.
Under the new rules, transgender criminal suspects can demand that police call them by their adopted names, choose whether a male or female officer frisk them and get a personal, private ride to court. Boston Police Commissioner, Edward F, revealed the policies this week.
Calif. Bill Supporting Transgender Students Goes to the Senate Floor
Thursday Jun 13, 2013
On Wednesday, the California Senate Education Committee passed AB 1266 (Ammiano), the School Success and Opportunity Act, a bill that provides crucial support for transgender students, by a vote of 5-2. The bill will ensure that California public schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students, including transgender students, and will allow transgender students to fully participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities. AB 1266 is authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, and is co-authored by Senator Mark Leno, Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Toni Atkins.
’M’ Or ’F’? Outdated IDs Worry Transgender People
by Lisa Leff
Saturday Jun 15, 2013
Lauren Grey didn’t think much about the gender recorded on her Illinois driver’s license until she went to test-drive a new car. Although she had been living as a woman for months and easily obtained a license with her new name and a picture reflecting her feminine appearance, Grey’s ID still identified her as male, puzzling the salesmen and prompting uncomfortable questions.
"They are like, `This doesn’t match.’ Then you have to go into the story: `I was born male, but now I’m not,’" said Grey, 38, a graphic designer living in suburban Chicago. "And they are like, `What does that mean?’ It was super embarrassing." Similarly awkward conversations ensued when she tried to rent an apartment, went to bars or was taken out of airport security lines for inspection.
Transgender Candidate Could Become a First in NYC
by Jennifer Peltz
Tuesday Jun 18, 2013
Mel Wymore is a typical city council candidate in many ways, campaigning as a community board appointee, ex-PTA chair and founder of a roster of local organizations. But Wymore’s community-leader resume has an unusual feature: He built much of it while he was a woman.
If he wins, Wymore would be the first openly transgender officeholder in the nation’s biggest city and one of only a handful ever in the U.S., though his campaign isn’t emphasizing his personal story - or sidestepping it.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell Signs Transgender Bill into Law
by John Riley
Thursday Jun 20, 2013
Gov. Jack Markell (D) Wednesday evening signed into law a transgender rights bill that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, insurance and public accommodations and includes gender identity as a protected class under Delaware’s hate-crimes law.
Shortly before signing, the bill passed the Senate 11-9 after being amended to clarify the meaning of gender identity. It passed the House 24-17 a day earlier. With Markell’s signature, the First State joins 16 others and the District of Columbia in extending employment and housing protections to transgender people.
Medical study: Trans hormone treatment is safe and effective
A recent study has shown that hormone treatment for transgender patients is both safe and effective.
Rights Case Ruling Favors Transgender 6-Year-Old
Monday Jun 24, 2013
A 6-year-old transgender girl will be able to return to school after winning the right to use the girls’ bathroom.
The New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund announced the ruling in favor of Coy Mathis on Sunday. Lawyers plan to explain the ruling Monday in Denver.
Ed Miliband: ‘The terrible death of Lucy Meadows shows the trans community still face prejudice’
Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband says he is “delighted” to be supporting this weekend’s Pride in London event, but adds the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows in March of this year shows more needs to be done to end prejudice in society.
California Lawmakers Pass K-12 Transgender Rights Bill
Thursday Jul 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes.
Some school districts around the country have implemented similar policies, but the bill’s author says AB1266 would mark the first time a state has mandated such treatment by statute.
California passes bill protecting Trans students despite claims teenagers will be molested in bathrooms
California lawmakers have passed a bill allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and gain sports team memberships according to their gender identity.
New Zealand: Green Party urges government to protect trans prisoners
New Zealand’s Green Party has urged the government to speed up its review of policy concerning transgender prison inmates. The party warns that the drawn-out review has put the safety of trans people at risk.
Family publishes poetry of murdered trans woman Andrea Waddell
A collection of poetry by Andrea Waddell, a trans woman who was murdered in Brighton in October 2009, has been published with the support of her family.
D.C. Council Unanimously Passes Birth-Certificate Bill
by John Riley
Saturday Jul 6, 2013
The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill last week that makes it easier for transgender and intersex individuals to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their correct gender and name, while simplifying and streamlining the current process of amending such information.
Breakthrough Settlement in Trans Harassment Case
by John Riley
Saturday Jul 20, 2013
The national LGBT organizations Freedom to Work and Lambda Legal announced Monday they had reached a settlement with a government contractor based in Maryland on behalf of a transgender woman who said she had been harassed on the job.
US: Trans activists hope new campaign group can help end transphobic military ban
Several transgender campaigners have announced they are splitting away from America’s largest LGBT military service member advocacy group and forming a new organisation.
Teen delivers petitions urging Calif. governor to sign transgender school bill
Thursday, August 1, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 16-year-old transgender teen from Manteca, Calif., on Wednesday delivered petitions containing more that 6,000 signatures urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would change the way California public schools treat transgender students.
Ashton Lee says the bill, approved by California lawmakers on July 3, would make school a lot better for him and other transgender students.